Aunt Jeanette was one of my Mother's older sisters. She died last Friday at the age of 94. The last several years she suffered from dementia. Both my Mother (who died at the age of 86 in September 2010) and her other older sister Grace (who died at the age of 89 in January 2006) also suffered from dementia.
|Jeanette Hickman Hadfield - circa 1935|
My Aunt Jeanette was one of the most gentle, kind women I've ever known. She and my Mother and their sister Grace were very close. The last time they were all together was when I took my Mother (who was well then) to visit Aunt Jeanette at Simpson Meadows in 2005. My cousin Jackie Tinder brought his mother Grace in town for the funeral of my Uncle George Reynolds, Aunt Jeanette's husband.
|Aunt Jeanette and Uncle George Reynolds - 1939|
|Three Hadfield sisters - my Mom Betty, Ruthie, and Jeanette 1938|
|Aunt Jeanette and her son Bruce at the home where I spent one summer in the Fifties - 1956 this picture|
Aunt Jeanette was so kind to me. I remember her trimming her rose bushes outside her house on those warm summer days. I remember being treated as a special guest (I always have liked to be pampered).
|Me, my cousins, my Mother (in pink) and my aunts at Simpson Meadows - 2005|
It wasn't until many years later that I found out why I was "shipped out" that summer. My Mother told me that she had a nervous breakdown taking care of me and my two younger brothers (apparently we were a handful at that age) and she needed bed rest. She sent my two brothers to live with another aunt. I got to live with Aunt Jeanette and Uncle George and their children Elaine and George, Jr.
|Me, Aunt Jeanette and my Mom at Simpson Meadows - 2009|
My Mom died a year later. This was the last time we saw Aunt Jeanette
From those years in the early Fifties, I didn't see too much of Aunt Jeanette until the late 90's when I would take my Mother to visit her. Other times I would see here was at the funeral of my grandfather, their father. The times I did see her Aunt Jeanette was always the kind, sweet woman that I remembered from my youth.
Thus it was with some sadness that I received the news that she had passed away on Friday, August 10th.
Yet another piece of my life gone. If there is a Heaven, then those "Hadfield Girls" (as my cousin Jackie used to call them because they were so close) are together now enjoying each other's company in Heaven the way they did on earth.
|George L. Hadfield Family - 1923|
Jeanette, Randall, George, Sr., George, Jr. , Ethel, Grace
(my Mother is in the picture, her mother is pregnant with her, hiding her pregnancy behind her oldest daughter Grace)
Rest in peace Aunt Jeanette.
|My cousin Randy (Aunt Jeanette's son), Aunt Jeanette and me visiting her at Simpson Meadows - she kept getting us mixed up because we both had beards - that's why she's laughing|